These three key words: appalachian, gravel and growler are sure to make for an unforgettable bikepacking adventure and an epic practice ride to test our rigs and equipment on elevation during a multi day trip.
This point-to-point route nestled in western North Carolina in the Appalachian Mountains and along some of the most scenic segments of the Blue Ridge Highway is known for combining some of the best off-road routes and craft breweries east of the Mississippi. Gravel roads and growlers full of craft beer. Makes one wonder what our Salsa Hold Anything cages on our forks will be used for.
In late June 2019, the Appalachian Gravel Growler is where we burned in our Cutty tires, so to speak, before the Great Divide Ride in 2020. The route looked much like the following on the website, but it looked a lot different when we rode it. See what our adventure to Pisgah National Forest looked like here. Spoiler alert: it didn’t quite look the same on our bikes as it did on the website. #somuchHikeABike
Bikepacking.com sums up the route the best of anyone in stating:
We designed the Appalachian Gravel Growler to stitch together the best of these breweries using the most scenic and sought-after gravel roads that western North Carolina has to offer.